Auditions Set for Forum Jazz Dance Theatre

By Scalf, Abby | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 9, 2000 | Go to article overview

Auditions Set for Forum Jazz Dance Theatre


Scalf, Abby, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


The Talent Forum in Libertyville is planning auditions to join Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, a group tht will study from top choreographers and learn what it is like to belong to a professional dance company.

Open auditions for the 2000-2001 season will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday. Serious dancers age 12 and older may pick up an audition packet at Talent Forum, 450 Peterson Road. Paperwork must be finished prior to the audition.

Shelly Hoselton, director of Talent Forum, said the goal of the jazz company is prepare them and understand what it would be like in a professional dance company.

"It is a great opportunity for a young lady who has the heart of a dancer to explore new performance avenues as well as camaraderie and support needed to be a dance company member."

Dancers also may get more attention when they go to college, obtain scholarships and earn higher leads in college, she said.

Forum Jazz Dance Theatre performs at least three major shows each season. Last season, the troupe presented its own showcase of company repertoire in January, performed a retro work by a guest artist in Talent Forum's March Showcase and were guest performers in Columbia College Young Artist Showcase.

The group is preparing for Talent Forum's June recital, which will be at 6:30 p.m. June 16 and 17 at Libertyville High School. The troupe also will perform for the second year at Cuneo Museum's Children's Art Fair July 9.

Returning from the Midwest Region American Dance Festival in May, Hoselton added the group is trying to become the first jazz company to receive accreditation by the festival, open primarily to ballet companies.

Most pieces are choreographed by professionals, studying a piece for three weeks and then polishing and perfecting it. But the Talent Forum also gives students the opportunity. …

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